(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Health officials confirmed Wednesday the first West Nile case in Albuquerque of 2014.
The positive mosquitoes were collected from Bernalillo County and went through routine monitoring before they were confirmed for West Nile virus.
“In light of increased rainfall over the past couple of weeks, and this recent detection of West Nile virus infected mosquitoes, we are making every effort to let the public know how to avoid the risk of contracting the virus and how to help reduce mosquito populations around their homes,” Dr. Paul Smith, manager of the Urban Biology Division of the City of Albuquerque’s Environmental Health Department, said in a statement.
West Nile virus symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. People older than 60 are at a greater risk of contracting the most serious symptoms of the disease.
Health officials are encouraging residents to visit its website to obtain further information regarding the virus.
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